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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Berg Publishers (3 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859734936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859734933
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Those few of us in the academy engaged in writing about the sociospatial relations of skating delight in the polished arguments that Borden presents over nine logically structured, pertinent and stylishly illustrated chapters.' Cultural Geographies Borden describes the emergence of not so much a sport as a way of life ... Its relation to architecture is kept beautifully clear ... a good read.' Building Design 'Skateboarders help us to think about buildings and their use. Borden argues that they draw our attention to the city as the site of perpetual change.' The Independent 'The first academic study of skateboarding.' Dazed and Confused 'There's absolutely no way I can do [the] work justice here the book is incredibly thought-provoking, especially from the perspective of actually being a skateboarder. I highly recommend it.' Sidewalk 'A fine book that I recommend to any skateboarder who can read at a college level.' Big Brother 'Borden owes as much to 30 year The book is excellently researched and draws upon an exhaustive aumount of secondary data on skateboarding. A highly original and extremely well written text that discusses the historical and cultural meaning of skateboarding through an engagin reading of the work of Lefebvre and others. University of Sussex

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Iain Borden Director of Architectural History and Theory and Reader in Architecture and Urban Culture at the Bartlett,University College London

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jay O. on 6 Jun. 2008
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The author may be one of very few people to be interested in both skateboarding and architectural theory, but that shouldn't deter readers who aren't familiar with both. Borden's book is clearly written and will guide you through with little confusion - or, better yet, go and watch the skaters at the Undercroft on the South Bank, then read this, then you'll really understand the intersection of theory and movement in architecture that Borden seeks to express.

For readers coming from the urban studies direction, 'Skateboarding, Space and the City' has particular appeal for the way it explains the ideas of Henri Lefebvre. No-one actually likes reading Lefebvre, for his writing is tangled and unclear - but Borden makes it relevant and painless. Theoretically he discusses ideas about the production and representation of space, of performance and use as central to urban space rather than fixed structures 'authored' by one designer. Skateboarding, this marginalised, counter-culture sport, makes a perfect partner for this cutting-edge reinterpretation - and the liveliness of this book is not just in its topic, but also the many pictures and straight-talking quotes taken from actual skaters about how they think about skateboarding. Even for a non-skater, its treatment of the development of skateboarding is a fascinating slice of cultural history, particularly when watched in tandem with skateboarding films such as Dogtown and Z-Boys [2001]

Hugely interesting, theoretically bang on, innovative, and absolutely recommended.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jun. 2001
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This book is essential armoury in any skater's weapons cupboard when moving through a street skate session. It will provide many an argument and counter argument to those who can understand it, and in future years will hopefully be considered a classic, even if no-one can make head nor tail of it. The best bit for me was the picture of the author at Romford. Thanks Iain, security guards will never be the same again.
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By Anastasija on 15 Jan. 2014
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I thought it will be more about architecture, but this book moustly about skateboarding elements and it history. It could be interesting for skateboarders to know sport history.
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By andrew vint on 16 Nov. 2014
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Great book
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By max_64 on 26 Jun. 2010
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great book, a complete story of skateboarding from the beginnig.
But the book miss a point: today street skating is 50% made of freestyle-flatland skateboarding of the '90s (see Rodney Mullen)
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